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Bedford River Festival is postponed until 17th July 2021 as a coronavirus precaution. Find out more...

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Getting involved

There are so many ways to get involved at the Bedford River Festival, whether you are musical, sporty, creative or just love to dress up. Complete an Expression of Interest form below so that we can send you the official 2021 application forms when they become available in September 2020. Don’t forget that taking part at the Festival is in high demand, so we encourage you to register before spaces are full.

Become a River Festival Participant

Activities for you to get involved in

  1. Raft Races – for the creative and competitive.
  2. Community Stage – perfect for musicians and performers of all kinds.
  3. Open Water Swim Race.
  4. Dragon Boats – a fantastic opportunity to compete as a team and maybe take home a trophy!
  5. Carnival Square – amateur dramatics, performance art, spoken word and more.
  6. Boat mooring.
Carnival participants at the Bedford River Festival



A flexible approach...

The 2021 River Festival will include countless river activities, six live music and performance stages, the Arts, Heritage and Sports Villages, the wonderful offerings of the Continental Market and the spectacular fireworks, plus so much more.

Make sure you keep the 17th & 18th July free in your diaries so that you don’t miss out on any of the action

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this website, please contact the Events Team at to discuss how you can get involved.

Become a River Festival Participant


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